Woman's death was an accident

A WOMAN from Crofton who had a history of heavy drinking died after taking pain killers and anti-depressants mixed with alcohol, an inquest heard.

Christine Crook, 63, of Hawthorn Court, was found dead on the floor of her sheltered housing complex home on April 12 at about 9.30am, by the manager of the complex.

The inquest heard that she had probably fallen unconscious and into a coma after banging her head in a fall at her home.

A toxicology report showed that she had a blood alcohol level that was three-and-a-half times the legal limit for drinking and driving.

In a statement her son Michael Crook acknowledged his mother had a drink problem, but said he believed she did not intend to take her own life and that her death was an accident.

Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, coroner David Hinchliff said he accepted the findings of the post mortem.